Friday, August 7, 2015

Like A River: A Civil War Novel by Kathy Cannon Wiechman

I love how many new authors are entering my reading world left and right! The author of Like A River proved that true again—gold star!! If you are even remotely interested in the Civil War or looking for a companion novel for Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, look no further!

After older brother Nate eliminates his ability to join the army, younger teen Leander fakes his age and joins up. With Nate’s friend Given at his side, Leander negotiates the trials associated with being small and young and trying to keep up with full-grown men. After a tragic accident, Leander’s world leads him to meet Paul, a kind and loyal friend in the midst of infrequent connection.  But there is more to the story for both of them, offering a realistic twist that I could see even my self involved with.

In her debut novel, author Wiechman steers her readers well. With well-researched facts backing her story, she weaves us through the prisoner life, and living through the death and awfulness of war. She artfully tells her story in short chapters, keeping the transitions lively and focus keen. Her careful generosity of space within her story simply drew me in more. All of the good things I had read about this book are true---search this gem out!!

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